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“Recently, a friend came to me and asked me to pray for her because she hadn’t been sleeping well—or at all, really.
You see, her child has been dealing with some pretty serious bullying issues at school and her momma couldn’t let her mind rest until she figured out what to do about it.
She was awake at all hours of the night trying to fix the problem in her own strength.
It’s not that she was sitting up wide awake all night.
It was worse.
She’d be asleep but not fully asleep.
Not fully resting but not fully awake either.
I’ve had this experience when my kids were babies—and they’d be asleep on my chest and I’d try to grab a couple minutes of shut-eye.
I’d be sleeping, but not deeply. I never awoke truly rested from a nap like that.
I remember those times and then I think of my sweet friend—sleeping restlessly each and every night.
Stewing and fretting on behalf of her tortured child.
The tossing and turning. The half-awake dreams that boil to the top. Makes me want to yawn and scream when I think about it.
Can you relate?
What do you do when you can’t sleep—when worry and anxiety won’t let you rest?
That day, I spent some time praying with my friend and we searched the Bible for scripture verses that were both calming and reassuring.
We also wrote out a simple war room prayer that she could memorize—one that would insert TRUTH into the lies swirling in her mind.
God’s Word can bring absolute peace if we let it.
Praying the Scriptures can replace uncertainty and anxiety with confidence and comfort.
WAR ROOM PRAYER TO HELP YOU SLEEP:
“Lord, thank you for the breath in my lungs and the ground beneath my feet. I am so grateful for your provision. Father, please forgive me for my sins—may anything I have done to offend YOU or your people, be forgiven. Thank you, God, for your unending love that brings me comfort in times of struggle. Your Word says that I should not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself (Matthew 6:34). Holy Spirit, come—quiet my heart and mind. Free me from the chains of anxiety and worry. Thank you in advance for a peaceful rest and refreshed spirit in the morning. Amen.”
11 Scriptures that will Help You Sleep:
“I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah.
I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.”
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
“If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
“The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 91:1-2, 4
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!’ He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge…”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
“ In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
You know the transformation that I have found by writing the scriptures? Well if you frequently suffer from insomnia or find yourself tossing and turning a lot during the night–then I’d recommend writing these scriptures out in a journal each night.
God’s Word never returns void. Promise!
Leave me and let me know how you find comfort when you can’t find sleep.
Does praying the scriptures help you sleep?
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